The Three Musketeers

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Swashbuckler for tweens has tons of action but no heart.
  • PG-13
  • 2011
  • 110 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 14 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The "all for one/one for all" message is a good lesson in unity and teamwork, and the Musketeers all look for a cause to take up as their fight.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Athos encourages D'Artagnan to fight for love, but otherwise the Three Musketeers are brave but morally ambiguous figures. At one point Athos says he only believes in the coin and the sword. Aramis is a man of faith, and Porthos is a brawler who likes to drink and womanize.


Lots of sword and musket fights leave a few characters dead, but there's no blood. One character looks like she's falling to her death; a villain is felled by a sword wound after a long duel; two flying ships battle with cannons and then switch to hand-to-hand combat between crew members.


A few kisses and some heavy flirting, as well as some cleavage-popping period dresses.


Relatively infrequent language includes "s--t," "damn," "hell," "ass," "bleeding," "t-t," and "oh God" (as an exclamation).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The Musketeers drink often in their leisure time; Porthos, in particular, is a big drinker.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' classic novel is packed with over-the-top action sequences of sword and musket battles, but there's no blood and most characters (save a few) escape fatal injury. The language is limited to "s--t," "damn," "bleeding," and "t-t" (those last two being British slang), and the sexuality includes corset-popping dresses, a few kisses, and some overt flirting. Although this is a classic tale, it's worth remembering that the Three Musketeers are courageous but flawed characters and that the moral of love above duty and country is a somewhat mixed message.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDr3w November 9, 2011

Of All The Three Musketeer Films, this is one of them.

Of All The Three Musketeer Films, this is one of them. That pretty much in a nut-shell sums up this film for me. If you loved the previous Musketeer films, yo... Continue reading
Parent of a 3-year-old Written bycave.trolls04 September 2, 2018

Isn't right

This movie was nothing like the book it was based off of. I was very disappointed at just how much got changed. If you're looking for an action movie with... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byForFrodo January 30, 2021


This movie was just boring and awkward.
Kid, 11 years old January 27, 2021

It was okay but it had disappointing fencing, unrealistic situations, and too much of a boy-saves-girl thing going on.

The movie was okay. I didn't really like it because of the bad role models (a lot of them drink, the main character D'Artagnan is quite reckless, and... Continue reading

What's the story?

Penniless country boy D'Artagnan (Logan Lerman) travels to Paris to find the Musketeers -- angry Athos (Matthew Macfadyen), brawny Porthos (Ray Stevenson), and philosophical Aramis (Luke Evans). After a brush with Cardinal Richelieu's guards -- led by the villainous Rochefort (Mads Mikkelsen) -- D'Artagnan joins forces with the Musketeers, who are wanted by the scheming Richelieu (Christoph Waltz). The cardinal enlists manipulative mercenary Milady de Winter (Milla Jovovich) to make King Louis XIII (Freddie Fox) believe that Queen Anne (Juno Temple) is cheating on him with Duke Buckingham (Orlando Bloom) so that the young French monarch will declare war on England. But the Musketeers and D'Artagnan discover the plot and attempt to stop the cardinal from succeeding.

Is it any good?

For an epic swashbuckler, this classic adventure is disappointing and downright soporific. The extravagant set pieces may be grand and the air ships quite cool, but otherwise there's no oomph to this unnecessary adaptation. Despite the decent cast and all the rapid-fire editing of the fight sequences, the story doesn't come to life, and the actors just seem to be dialing in their performances. With all the blossoming romance between D'Artagnan and Constance and the king and queen, it's clear that the movie is actually made for action-loving boys and lovesick girls who won't care about the big picture.


Mikkelsen and Waltz, both of whom must be bored playing baddies at this point in their careers, need to find roles that don't typecast them as villains. The impressive spark from Lerman's performance in 3:10 to Yuma has been replaced by the smirk of a pretty young actor who's coasting on his good looks. As for the Three Musketeers themselves, they're forgettable and underdeveloped, a tragic combination for some of literature's most interesting warriors. Ultimately, this is a skippable movie that insults audiences with a cliffhanger ending that all but begs for a sequel. May the studio have enough sense to let this particular Musketeer adventure end.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence and how it's portrayed. Is it casual and humorous or necessary and serious?

  • How does this adaptation differ from previous adaptations of The Three Musketeers?

  • Do you agree with Athos' advice to D'Artagnan to forget about king and country and save the woman he loves?

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